In 1987, a National Center for Supercomputing Applications committee called the Graphics Foundation Task Force was formed to come up with a standard graphics file format. What could have been called “AEHOO” (All-Encompassing Hierarchical Object Oriented Format”) became the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF).
Today, HDF5 is well-known in scientific and financial communities worldwide. It’s used by university researchers, government agencies like NASA, and start-ups, as well as the largest companies in the world. Less well-known than HDF5 is The HDF Group, the non-profit created by the HDF founders to support the HDF file format and the user community. This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting The HDF Group with a donation, and as you write budgets, consider #5forFOSS—allocating 5% of your proposal budget or software licensing budget to share with the free open source software you use.